But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” —Mark 10:43-45
Are you self-centered or others centered? Servants will be focused on others. The self-centered will be focused on themselves. I… me… mine… myself… What is best for me? They are not really concerned for others. They are not expressing the truths of what love is according to 1st Corinthians 13. The loving servant will be focused on what is best for the other person. The self-centered will be focused only on what is best for them.
Jesus is our greatest example of a servant…
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! —Philippians 2:5-8
The challenge from this passage is that we are to “have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.” Is that the case in our thinking? Is that our mindset? Is that what takes place with our actions? Think about some of the decisions you have made lately. Whose interest did you really have in mind in making those decisions? Did you really consider what our Lord thinks? Did you really consider others and the affect your decision was going to have on them? Did you really care about that at all? These are questions we all need to reflect on. When it comes right down to it— Are we truly seeking to honor God… or ourselves in our thinking and actions? Hmmmm…
Am I a servant? Are you a servant? How is that seen? Do others see you as a servant? Feedback that we get from others will indicate whether we are or not. See… the feedback about Jesus is that He was/is a Servant. Truly… are we like our Lord? May it be so! May we think and act more and more like Him.
Dear Father may I truly be a servant of my Lord Jesus Christ. Oh, may I not be self-centered, but others centered. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. Yes, may this be so that I might hear from You—“Well, done good and faithful servant.”